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Vera Gibbons is a financial journalist based in New York City and is a contributor to Zillow Blog. Connect with her at http://veragibbons.com/.

Stories by Vera Gibbons

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Do's and Don'ts of Online Vacation Rental Sites

Whether you’re booking a vacation villa or making some extra cash by welcoming paying guests into your home, you’ll want to take steps to protect your investment.

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Choosing (and Using) the Most Rewarding Credit Card

Before you accept another credit card offer, be sure to choose the rewards program that best fits your lifestyle and goals.

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Take Steps Toward Financial Independence This 4th of July

As Independence Day approaches, plan toward letting your financial freedom ring.

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How to Budget for Home Renovations

Before you start picking out tile and collecting paint chips, be sure you know how much your project will cost.

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Building Credit 101: Tips for Recent Grads

Your diploma represents a vital step on the road to success. Next up: establishing a good credit history.

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Eco-Friendly Home Updates That Save You Green

Invest in home improvements that benefit the environment (and your budget) year-round.

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4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Spring

It’s not just temperatures and tulips that are on the rise these days. Interest in home buying is way up, too.

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Are You Paying Too Much Property Tax?

Errors in your home’s assessment could cost you big time. Here’s how to make sure all the facts line up.

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4 Ways to Snag an Extra Tax Break

Don’t miss out on these lesser-known credits and deductions.

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Risk-Free Accounts for Your Home Down Payment

You’re working hard to save up for a home. Stash your nest egg in an account that gives you peace of mind.

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Winter Weather Home Care

Don’t let Old Man Winter harm your home. A few extra maintenance tasks can keep you covered until spring arrives.

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Could High-End Amenities Make Your Home Harder to Sell?

Spa-like bathrooms and huge master closets are good investments, but steer clear of amenities that won’t bring a good return.

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5 Ways to (Really) Save for a Down Payment

Forget skipping your daily latte. That tired tip will get you nowhere. Fast-track your way to homeownership with these tips for saving big.

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Increase Your Home's Value in 5 Easy Steps

Focused improvements in these key areas will position your home to sell — without breaking the bank.

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4 Financial Trends for 2015

Tired of renting? Uncertain about retirement? You’re not alone. Here’s a look at four major financial issues facing Americans.

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